Thieves Won't Stop Stealing Hyundais And Kias

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The Korean brands are proving popular amongst those with sticky fingers.

Few things in life are as devastating as walking out to your driveway only to find someone has helped themselves to your pride and joy. Aside from the laborious admin you're now faced with, it's terrifying to think a member of the criminal classes has stolen something you've worked very hard for.

For Theresa Jones, this nightmare became a reality when her Kia Soul was taken from outside her Minnesota home. The distraught car theft victim told Fox 9 of the harrowing experience. "It's just very disturbing, I mean, it's like entering your domain." Jones, who shared the car with her mother, took ownership just six weeks prior to the theft.

The mother and daughter are just two of countless Hyundai and Kia owners who have fallen prey to thieves in recent months. It seems the Korean automaker's cars are particularly easy to steal, something Milwaukee isn't pleased with. The city has previously considered suing the companies because of this issue.

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According to Milwaukee Sheriff Bob Fletcher, the spate of Hyundai and Kia car thefts are out of control. He recently addressed his social media followers on the matter and pointed to a group of teenage thieves who call themselves the "Kia Boys."

"You gotta watch the YouTube videos about the Kia Boys in Milwaukee. It's spreading all over the country. Someone's got to get to Kia and convince them to recall those cars," said Fletcher. Previously, Milwaukee police have said Kia and Hyundai vehicles account for 66% of vehicle thefts in the city.

Despite an array of security features, late model Kia and Hyundai products can be easily broken into by smashing the rear window and tampering with the steering column. Curiously, this doesn't trigger the vehicle alarm. Had she known about this problem, Theresa Jones would have purchased something else. "No, I would not have gotten a Kia Soul."

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People are calling for a recall and, frankly, it's to be understood. New vehicles should not be this easy to steal. At the time of writing, neither Hyundai nor Kia have commented on the matter but we expect an official statement to be released shortly. In the meantime, Milwaukee police have told Kia and Hyundai drivers to buy steering locks, park their vehicles in secure garages and, if possible, invest in tougher security systems.

Fox 9 notes the so-called Kia Boys not only steal cars but boast about their actions on social media. This is similar to another trend that saw vehicle thefts increase in New Zealand. Reportedly, teenagers as young as 13 were partaking in a peculiar social media challenge and stealing Mazda vehicles.

Elsewhere, Ford's Flat Rock plant has been plagued by brazen vehicle theft. Several Shelby GT500s were taken from the facility and, while police were able to recover three of the vehicles, it does make you wonder about Ford's lack of security.

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Source Credits: Fox 9

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